MUSCATINE, IOWA (March 26, 2019) — The Muscatine Art Center is piloting a new middle school outreach program thanks to a grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP). Actors portraying Daniel and Sarah Parvin will bring to life the experiences of a Muscatine Civil War soldier. The Muscatine Art Center houses 117 letters written by Daniel Parvin while he served in the Iowa 11th Volunteer Regiment.

The legacy of Dick and Mary Jo Stanley, two of Muscatine’s most prominent and generous citizens, will be celebrated with a series of events on May 20, 2018. Local organizers are hoping to showcase the wide ranging impact of the Stanleys, who passed away late last year, on Muscatine, the state, and the world.

The Muscatine Art Center is cancelling the portrait painting event this Saturday, March 24, due to the expected winter weather. Please, watch for rescheduling of artist Rose Frantzen painting at a later date.   Faces of Iowa State opened February 15 at the Muscatine Art Center and will be on view through April 15, 2018. Visit to see additional tour dates.

Beginning in the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, Iowa State University (ISU) made it a priority to commission and paint portraits. The commemoration of presidents, deans, accomplished faculty and heralded alumni strove to honor the college’s heritage and legacies. This tradition continues today with the active commissioning of portraits by departments and colleges all across ISU and is celebrated through this statewide touring exhibition Faces of Iowa State.

Kimble Bromley, Professor of Art at North Dakota State University, will exhibit his Moby-Dick painting series at the Muscatine Art Center from February 15th through April 12th, 2018. Bromley’s work has been inspired by environments in which he lives and has visited, as well as being influenced by Herman Melville and Moby-Dick.

National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day is a day to reflect on how art affects your heart. Art, in all of its forms, has the power to move us, and to inspire our hearts. Of all the different kinds of art created in the world, those that move us to tears or cause us to burst out in laughter remain with us for a lifetime.

The staff at the Muscatine Art Center is busy preparing for upcoming events this holiday season! Our annual event, Sunday with Santa, is set for December 3rd. The Gingerbread House workshop will be held Saturday, December 9th, and returning this year, the Kids Pajama Party, will take place Thursday, December 14th.

Living Proof Exhibit grew out of a friendship between two women who used art as therapy in coping with a diagnosis of breast cancer. The two women curated their first exhibit at Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport in 2010. Since that time, Living Proof Exhibit has partnered with the Figge Art Museum, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, UnityPoint Health-Trinity Cancer Center, and the Peoria Public Library to display works of art by cancer patients and survivors.

Free Admission on September 23, 2017, with a Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket


Exhibitons include “Carol Steinmetz: An Artist’s Spectrum” and Go Figure!


A new ornament competition is coming to the Muscatine Art Center as a fundraiser for Friends of the Muscatine Art Center. Crafters, artists, and craftsmen of all ages are encouraged to compete, and cash prizes will be award in two categories – one for adults and one for 18 and under. The Heartfelt and Handmade Ornament Competition will be on view from November 18th through December 14th.